Neymar close to return

Barcelona could welcome back Neymar as early as the weekend’s League game against Rayo Vallecano.

The Brazil forward has been missing since January when he suffered a sprained ankle in the Copa del Rey win over Getafe.

But Marca reports Neymar is now in the final phase of his recovery and has returned to training with his teammates.

He started using a ball in training last week and is to be included in full preparations for the Champions League tie against Manchester City, with the first leg taking place at City’s Etihad Stadium on February 18.

Everyone who took to the field against Sevilla was able to train on Monday, while Carles Puyol, who missed the 4-1 win due to back injury, worked on his fitness separate from his teammates.

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